Your Commitment


In the Army you'll enjoy stimulating work, job security, training and development, a good salary package and a range of benefits. Here's what we expect in return.

Serve for a minimum period

In return for the world-class training you receive in the Army, you will be expected to serve for what's called an Initial Minimum Period of Service or IMPS. The exact IMPS varies by job, but as a broad guide:

During Basic Recruit Training: Leave three weeks after lodging a request (or shorter under extenuating circumstances) if you decide the Army isn't for you.

Soldiers: Two to six years.

Direct Entry Officers: Three to ten years.

Graduate Entry Officers: Three to six years.

ADFA Officer and Staff Cadets: The length of your degree and training plus one year.

Defence University Sponsorship Officers: The length of your sponsorship plus one year.

Army Reserve: Following training, at least 20 days per year.


Help defend Australia and its interests

Whatever your role, it's important to remember this key purpose of the Army. You could be called upon to deploy to or near a combat zone, or find yourself supporting a peacekeeping mission. Other work could include helping communities devastated by natural disasters and engaging in search and rescue operations.


Have the flexibility to move and travel

You can expect to experience a number of moves throughout your Army career, based on service needs and deployment opportunities. While this can be disruptive to family life, the Army will support you and your family throughout transitions.


Engage in world-class training

Becoming proficient in the use of weapons is just the start of what you'll learn in the Army. In addition to gaining military skills, you’ll be expected to acquire and maintain trade skills and professional qualifications that will help you excel in your job. Many of the roles on offer can be compared with civilian careers and the training can often lead to nationally-recognised accreditation.


Provide unrestricted service

You may be called upon to work long and irregular hours when necessary, which are not eligible for penalty rates or overtime. The Service Allowance component of Army salary packages helps compensate you for the special demands of service life.